Jim Bob Duggar, the father of the reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting,” has announced that he is running for a seat in the Arkansas Senate.
The Dugar family announcement in a Facebook post on Friday that his patriarch will be running for Arkansas State Senate District 7, which includes Springdale, Johnson, Goshen and Elkins in eastern Washington County.
“I am honored to announce my candidacy for Arkansas State Senate District 7. Northwest Arkansas is my forever home. This is where my wife Michelle and I raised our 20 children. This is where we developed our small businesses. It is there that we have built a life centered on our faith, our family and our friends. Our family has been blessed by God in so many ways,” Duggar said in the statement.
“We have found his love and kindness to be our source of strength in both our happiest occasions and our darkest times. It’s important to us to give back and help others in any way we can,” he added.
Duggar’s announcement comes after longtate Senator Lance Eads (R) resigned from his seat last week to take up a position with a private sector company, according to the Associated Press.
Dugar, who previously served in the Arkansas House, ran for a state Senate seat in 2016 but lost in the GOP primary, the AP reported.
Her son, Josh Duggar, is due to stand trial this month in federal court on two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted on all counts.